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Statin use may be widening health inequalities in England

“Mass prescription of statins ‘will widen social inequalities’," The Independent reports. The headline is based on a new study looking at deaths from coronary heart disease in England from the years 2000 to 2007. The good news is that overall deaths from heart disease were estimated to be down by a third (34.2%) during the time period. The bad news, at least for those concerned about he

Angry Twitter communities linked to heart deaths

"Angry tweeting 'could increase your risk of heart disease','' is the poorly reported headline in The Daily Telegraph. The study it reports on found there is a link between angry tweets and levels of heart disease deaths.Researchers were interested in investigating how various forms of negative psychological stress are linked to heart disease. They looked at how angry tweets, at a community l

New heart attack test shows promise for women

"Doctors could spot twice as many heart attacks in women by using a newer, more sensitive blood test," BBC News reports. In women, for reasons that are unclear, a heart attack often doesn't trigger the symptom most people associate with the condition: severe chest pain, memorably described as like having an elephant sitting on your chest. This can lead to delays in diagnosis, which may impact

Claims that 'men worsen labour pains' are unproven

"It’s official: men really shouldn’t be at the birth,” is the bizarre headline in The Times, as it reports on a pain study on women who were not even pregnant, let alone giving birth. Researchers wanted to explore whether a woman’s “attachment style” (whether they sought or avoided emotional intimacy) had any influence on whether it was beneficial to have their partners present while having p

Nordic IVF outcomes improving - is the same true for the UK?

"The health of artificially conceived children has steadily improved in the last 20 years," The Guardian reports. Researchers who analysed data from Nordic countries described the decline in premature and stillbirths as "remarkable". This was the main finding of a large cohort study comparing the health of babies born using assisted reproduction technology (ART), such as in vitro fertilisatio

'Social jet lag' linked to obesity and 'unhealthy' metabolism

"Social jet lag is driving obesity" is the misleading headline in The Daily Telegraph. A new study only found a link between "social jet leg", obesity, and metabolic markers that may indicate a person has an increased risk of obesity-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. A cause and effect relationship was not found.Social jet lag is the term used to describe the difference in someone's

Becoming healthier may motivate your partner to join in

“Fitness 'rubs off on your partner’,'' BBC News reports. This headline is based on a study of more than 3,000 married couples aged 50 and over in the UK, where at least one of the partners smoked, was inactive, or was overweight or obese at the start of the study. It followed them up and looked at their and their partner’s behaviours over time. It found that a person was more likely to cha

Does moderate drinking reduce heart failure risk?

"Seven alcoholic drinks a week can help to prevent heart disease," the Daily Mirror reports. A US study suggests alcohol consumption up to this level may have a protective effect against heart failure.This large US study followed more than 14,000 adults aged 45 and older for 24 years. It found those who drank up to 12 UK units (7 standard US "drinks") per week at the start of the study had a

Shell shock remains 'unsolved'

The Mail Online tells us shell shock has been "solved" after scientists claimed they have pinpointed the brain injury that causes pain, anxiety and breakdowns in soldiers.The Mail's claim is prompted by a study that carried out autopsies on five military veterans who had a history of blast exposure to see what type of brain damage this might have caused.Four out of five of these people sho

Could 'DNA editing' lead to designer babies?

"Rapid progress in genetics is making 'designer babies' more likely and society needs to be prepared," BBC News reports. The headline is prompted by advances in “DNA editing”, which may eventually lead to genetically modified babies (though that is a very big “may”). The research in question involved the technique of intacytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), where a mouse sperm cell was inje

Study finds care home residents 'more likely' to be dehydrated

"Care home residents five times more likely to be left thirsty," The Independent reports after an analysis of some London hospital admission records found people admitted from care homes were five times more likely to be dehydrated than people coming from their own homes. Equally serious was the discovery that dehydration at admission was associated with a higher risk of dying while in hospit

Wearing killer high heels could lead to osteoarthritis, study warns

"Killer heels could lead to osteoarthritis in knees," The Daily Telegraph reports. An analysis of the walking patterns (gait) of 14 women found evidence that walking in high heels puts the knees under additional strain. Over time, this may potentially lead to osteoarthritis: so-called wear and tear arthritis, where damage to a joint causes stiffness and pain.The main finding was that wearing

Inactivity 'twice as deadly' as obesity

“Lack of exercise is twice as deadly as obesity,” The Daily Telegraph reports. The headline is prompted by a Europe-wide study on obesity, exercise and health outcomes.Researchers wanted to see how many deaths could theoretically be avoided if inactive people became more active, compared to how many would be avoided if obese people lost weight.Researchers calculated that if activity levels

'Hibernation protein' could help repair dementia damage

"Neurodegenerative diseases have been halted by harnessing the regenerative power of hibernation," BBC News reports. Researchers have identified a protein used by animals coming out of hibernation that can help rebuild damaged brain connections – in mice.Research found the cooling that occurs in hibernation reduces the number of nerve connections in the brain, but these regrow when an animal

How therapy and exercise 'may help some with CFS'

"Chronic fatigue syndrome patients' fear of exercise can hinder treatment," The Guardian reports. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a long-term condition that causes persistent and debilitating fatigue. We do not know what causes the condition and there is no cure, though many people improve over time. Treatments for CFS aim to reduce symptoms, but some people find certain treatments help,

Under-80 cancer deaths 'eliminated by 2050' claim

“Cancer deaths will be eliminated for all under 80 by 2050,” The Independent reports. This is the optimistic prediction contained in a paper written by specialists in pharmacy from University College London (UCL). The paper is an opinion piece (PDF, 2.1Mb) that points out that deaths from the most common cancers have fallen by nearly a third in the last two decades. This is due to factors suc

Napping 'key' to babies' memory and learning

"The key to learning and memory in early life is a lengthy nap, say scientists," BBC News reports.The scientists were interested in babies' abilities to remember activities and events.They carried out a study involving 216 babies, who took part in trials to see whether napping affected their memory for a new activity. The babies first watched the researchers taking a mitten off a hand p

Could brain protein help people 'sleep off' the flu?

"Scientists…believe that a nasal spray could be produced which boosts a protein so sufferers could sleep off the flu," The Daily Telegraph reports. As yet, the research has been confined to assessing the role of one protein – in mice.The paper reports on complex research in mice on a protein called AcPb, which researchers thought could be playing a role in regulating normal sleep and the

Blood test may tell you the 'best' way to quit smoking

“A blood test could help people choose a stop-smoking strategy that would give them the best chance of quitting,” BBC News reports. The test measures how quickly an individual breaks down nicotine inside their body, which is known as the nicotine-metabolite ratio (NMR).Researchers wanted to see whether people with “normal” and “slow” NMR responded differently to stop smoking treatments, and i

Does contraceptive jab make HIV more likely?

"Contraceptive injections moderately increase a woman's risk of becoming infected with HIV," The Guardian reports. The headline was prompted by an analysis of 12 studies that looked at whether the use of hormonal contraception, such as the oral contraceptive pill, increases the risk of contracting HIV. All of the studies involved were conducted in sub-Saharan Africa in low- and middle-inco

'Bionic' spinal implant helped paralysed rats walk

"Elastic implant 'restores movement' in paralysed rats," BBC News reports after researchers developed an implant that can be used to treat damaged spinal cords in rats.The spinal cord, which is present in all mammals, is a bundle of nerves that runs from the brain through the spine, before branching off to different parts of the body. It is the main "communication route" the brain uses to

How 'baby talk' may give infants a cognitive boost

"Say 'mama'! Talking to babies boosts their ability to make friends and learn,” the Mail Online reports. In a review, two American psychologists argue that even very young infants respond to speech and that "baby talk" is essential for their development.It is important to stress that a review of this sort is not the same as fresh evidence. The review must largely be considered to be the au

Can eating like a Viking 'reduce obesity risks'?

"A Nordic diet could reduce the dangers of being overweight, a study suggests," The Daily Telegraph reports. The headline comes from the results of a small randomised controlled trial. Half the people in the trial were put on the Nordic diet, which consists of wholegrain products, vegetables, root vegetables, berries, fruit, low-fat dairy products, rapeseed oil, and three servings of fish a w

New 'game-changing' antibiotic discovered

“New class of antibiotic could turn the tables,” on antibiotic resistance, The Guardian reports and is just one of many headlines proclaiming the discovery of a “super-antibiotic”. For once, such enthusiastic headlines might be largely justified. The study in the spotlight shows the discovery of a new antibiotic, teixobactin, and is exciting for two main reasons. Firstly, teixobactin prove

Could meal-in-a-pill 'trick' body into losing weight?

“Weight loss drug fools body into reacting as if it has just eaten,” The Guardian reports. The drug, fexaramine (or Fex), stimulates a protein involved in metabolism that is usually activated when the body begins eating, though it has only been tested in mice.Researchers found that obese mice given Fex stayed the same weight despite continuing to eat the same amount of a high-fat diet. Howeve

Out-of-character criminal actions linked to dementia

“Could criminal behaviour be the first sign of dementia?” the Mail Online asks. A US study found an association between sudden, unusual criminal behaviour, such as shoplifting or urinating in public, and various types of dementia. The study looked at crimes committed by patients suffering from a number of diseases that damage the brain and cause dementia. It found more than 8% of patients had

Wholegrains, not just porridge, may increase life

"The key to a long and healthy life? A bowl of porridge every day," is the somewhat inaccurate headline in the Daily Mail. The study it reports on was looking at the health benefits of wholegrains in general, not just porridge.These headlines are based on a study of more than 110,000 men and women in the US, who were followed up from the 1980s to 2010. Their diets were assessed every tw

Why common cold may thrive at low temperatures

The “common cold 'prefers cold noses',” reports BBC News today, while The Independent recommends that you “heed your mother’s warning: cover up or you’ll catch a cold”.While these headlines might make you think this study is proof of a link between colder temperatures outside and catching a cold, this isn’t quite what the researchers looked at. Our nasal passages are naturally a few degree

New skin cancer drugs show promise in lab tests

"New skin cancer drug set for clinical trials," The Guardian reports. In fact, two new compounds designed to treat malignant melanoma are due for trials after promising results in laboratory research.Both are signalling inhibitors, which work by disrupting the messages a cancer uses to co-ordinate its growth. These have proven effective in the short to medium term, but it is common for the ca

Are most cancers down to 'bad luck'?

"Most types of cancer can be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking," BBC News reports. A US study estimates around two-thirds of cancer cases are caused by random genetic mutations.The researchers who carried out the study wanted to see why cancer risk varies so much between different body tissues. For example, the average lifetime risk of lung cancer is around 1 in


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